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Founder and Director
Astronomy Outreach of Kosovo
Pranvera Hyseni - 23 years old, known as a science popularizer, is the founder and director of “Astronomy Outreach of Kosovo”. Currently,
she is an undergraduate student of Geography at the University of Pristina.
Hyseni started showing an interest in astronomy at the early age of three, while Kosovo was still facing the Serbian conflict in the late
90’s. As a young kid, she grew up in a farm, taking advantage of breathtakingly night skies, which captured her attention.
She single-handedly brought the science of astronomy to her community, by developing a very powerful astronomy outreach program. Hyseni
managed to create a large network with astronomers around the world, who continuously supported her with equipment and other resources, which she used to provide activities in
the whole country of Kosovo. Her organization became internationally recognized, after she was invited as a keynote speaker at some of the largest astronomy conventions and
gatherings in different countries throughout the world. Her visits to the top world known observatories, universities and NASA centers, helped her to increase the experience in
observing and data collecting.
Her career with public educating expanded further when she was given access to work in various projects with the Ministry of Education,
Science and Technology of Kosovo and other governmental institutions. She is dedicated to rebuild her nation through the stars, along with her organization team, consisting of
two hundred volunteers.
Hyseni was honored by the International Astronomical Union and the Minor Planet Center with an Asteroid being named after her: 45687
Pranverahyseni. She was awarded by the Municipality Assembly of Vushtrri as a distinguished student and became an award winning of the 24Under24 given by the Mars Generation,
as a young leader in STEM.
Hyseni recently was selected as one of the five most influential women in Kosovo. Her current efforts, is to develop the first observatory
and planetarium in Kosovo. She aims to pursue a Phd in Planetary Sciences and contribute in science with further efforts.